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Our Mission

The mission of Essex County Family Justice Center is to enhance the safety and autonomy of domestic violence victims and their children by providing accessible and coordinated service in one location.

The Family Justice Center Model reduces the barriers and fragmentation of conventional domestic violence services by co-locating professionals from government and non-governmental agencies, including social services, civil legal, law enforcement and other providers at on site. 

Who We Are

Our Background

Essex County Family Justice Center was established in direct response to the high rates of domestic violence homicides consistently being documented in the NJ State Police Uniform Crime Report for Essex County and Newark from 2004 to the present.

Domestic violence continues to impact Newark in 2019-2022 at alarming rates. New Jersey State Police’s 2019 Annual Domestic Violence Offense ("Uniform Crime") Report states there were 6,420 domestic violence assaults in Essex – New Jersey’s leader for these assaults, and 3,304 for Newark, (51.6% of the county’s total). Domestic violence assault represents complex trauma. Ongoing research confirms that untreated complex trauma leaves survivors exhibiting recurrent trauma-responses of dissociation, depression, anxiety, and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disease), with reduced self-esteem and independence. Research also confirms that although marginalized groups are disproportionately impacted by violent trauma, Newark domestic violence survivors face almost insurmountable barriers to accessing trauma-specific services. Most domestic violence services focus on connecting victims to first levels of care, i.e. crisis intervention and stabilization. The victims Essex County Family Justice Center serves typically cannot access critically important, 2nd level, person-centered care.

As such, Essex County Family Justice Center is seeking to further address the mental health, complex trauma needs essential to their long-term recovery and healing. The Project will expand access for Essex County Family Justice Center’s most at-risk, marginalized clients to trauma-specific therapeutic services. Essex County Family Justice Center is ideally suited to implement this Project, as its operation reduces the barriers and fragmentation of conventional domestic violence services by co-locating multidisciplinary professionals at its facility, a one-stop intake function, and current, but limited, provision of therapeutic-services.

If you are looking for any of these services, call us or chat below.

Our Services

Crisis Intervention

We will offer resources in order to navigate critical situations involving intense emotional strain. This will be tailored to your immediate needs. 

Enhanced Safety  Planning 

You can meet with a domestic violence advocate to discuss how to stay safe and learn what services the Family Justice Center offers.

Assistance from Prosecution Professionals

Staff from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office can explain and navigate your criminal justice options and speak with you about open criminal complaints. 

Assistance from Law Enforcement Professionals

A Detective can help you report a crime, check on the status of a report, and help you take steps to stay safe. 

Counseling

Therapists are available to meet one-on-one or you can join one of our support groups. Available in English and Spanish. 

Self-Sufficiency

Advocates can help provide information and referrals for housing help, job training and employment assistance to help you make the best choices for your life. 

Civil, Legal & Immigration Assistance

Civil legal professionals can speak with you about legal issues such as restraining orders, custody, visitation and child support. Referrals for assistance with immigration and other related civil legal matters can also be made. 

Our Principles

Safety Focused

Increase safety, promote healing, and foster empowerment through services for victims and their children

Relationship-Based

Maintain close working relationships among all collaborators/agencies: law enforcement, prosecution, community- based domestic violence programs, shelters and other social services

Victim-Centered

Provide victim-centered services that promote victim autonomy

Kind-Hearted

Develop a Family Justice Center community that values, affirms, recognizes and supports staff, volunteers, and clients

Culturally Competent

Commitment to the utilization of culturally competent services approaches that are measurable and behavior based

Prevention-Oriented

Integrate primary, secondary and tertiary prevention approaches into all initiatives, programs, and projects

Intervene and Prevent 

Engage all communities through outreach and community

Empowered

Offer survivors a place to belong after crisis intervention services are no longer necessary

Survivor-Driven 

Shape services to clients by asking them what they need

Offender Accountability

Increase offender accountability through evidence-based prosecution strategies

Transformative

Evaluate and adjust services by including survivor input and evidence-based best practices

Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Hours

If you are in danger call 911 or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233   TTY 1-800-787-3224

DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE  BY PHONE AND CHAT ONLY.

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